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4 Homemade Low-Sugar Drinks To Try Instead Of Soda

Parents will love these too.

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Every parent knows that kids LOVE sweet, colorful drinks.

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You know, the ones in pouches, bottles, and juice boxes?

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But one thing that parents might not realize is just how much sugar is in them.

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Some of these drinks can pack 40 grams of sugar per portion. (That's almost 10 teaspoons of sugar in just ONE drink!)

One way to get around that? Make your own versions with fresh fruits and juices so you know exactly what's in them.

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The results will be just as delicious and your kids will love them. We used resealable beverage pouches ($11.50 on Amazon) for portable, mess-free drinking — but you can also make a big batch in a pitcher and pour these into thermoses, or anything else you'd like.

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Here are four DIY versions of your kids favorites:

1. Tropical Punch

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TROPICAL PUNCH

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

¼ cup fresh pineapple chunks

1 cup coconut water

1 slice of lime

Combine pineapple, coconut water, and lime in a glass and muddle to infuse flavors. Strain.

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So, how much sugar are you saving?

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The store-bought version of tropical punch contains 22 grams of sugar per serving ― our DIY version only contains 11 grams.

2. Raspberry Pink Lemonade

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RASPBERRY PINK LEMONADE
Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

½ cup raspberries

1 cup water

½ cup lemon juice

Place all ingredients in a glass and muddle to infuse flavors. Strain.

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Here's the breakdown:

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Bottled pink lemonade can contain up to 37 grams of sugar per serving ― our DIY version only contains 5 grams.

3. Strawberry Milk

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STRAWBERRY MILK
Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

¼ cup strawberries, sliced

1 cup water

1 cup milk

Place strawberries and water in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Cook until strawberries are soft, about 5 minutes. Pass mixture through a fine mesh strainer and cool. Combine cooled strawberry mixture with milk and serve.

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How much sugar are you saving?

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Bottled flavored milk contains 22 grams of sugar per serving ― our DIY strawberry milk contains only 14 grams.

4. Orange Soda

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ORANGE SODA
Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

1 ½ cups soda water

½ cup orange juice

Combine soda water and orange juice.

How much sugar are you saving?

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Typical orange soda contains 42 grams of sugar per serving ― our DIY version contains 10 grams.

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